Stan Anderson (1933-2018)

  • June 11, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Former Bolton Wanderers manager Stan Anderson has passed away at the age of 85.

Born on February 27, 1933, Anderson joined Wanderers in November 1978 and initially served as assistant to Ian Greaves at Burnden Park, before being handed the reigns as caretaker manager in January 1980.

Anderson was given the role on a permanent basis the following month and remained in charge until the end of the 1980/81 campaign, when the Trotters finished 18th in Division Two - just one season after they suffered relegation from the top tier.

As a player, Anderson made his name at Sunderland, for whom he made more than 400 league appearances, before completing a £35,000 transfer to Newcastle United in November 1963.

He was part of the Magpies squad that won the Division Two title in 1964/65, before making the switch to near neighbours Middlesbrough - a club where he would later begin his journey into management.

As well as representing the trio of Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Sunderland, he remains the only person in history to captain all three of those aforementioned clubs.

After his spell at Middlesbrough came to an end in 1973, Anderson also went on to take charge at AEK Athens, Queens Park Rangers and Doncaster Rovers, before giving up management to become a scout following his time at Bolton.

Everybody at Burnden Aces and the extended Bolton Wanderers family would like to send their condolences to Stan's family at this difficult time.

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